The horrific catastrophe in the Canal has raised stark and difficult questions about why migrants are so desperate to reach Britain.
Nearly 26,000 are known to have made this highly perilous journey this year – although the true number may be higher.
But a few days before this week’s tragedy, a startling statistic emerged.
Home Affairs Committee Chairman Yvette Cooper asked Junior Minister Tom Borsglof how many of those thousands have been returned to the continent this year.
Mr. Pursglove answered modestly, “five.”
Newly arrived immigrants sleep on a bus while waiting for treatment at the port of Dover yesterday
The fact is that once an asylum seeker arrives on British soil, he is unlikely to leave – whether his application is genuine or not. And that’s just one reason why so many would risk their lives to get here.
This is a safe and prosperous country, more generous to asylum seekers than most of its neighbors, where asylum seekers are housed, fed and even allowed to work after the first year. This explains the attraction.
But why can’t we remove so-called “economic migrants”, while providing safe haven to those fleeing persecution?
Step by step, this is what happens from the moment the immigrant arrives on the British shore …
Pizza and Kebab
Some migrants enter Britain undetected, disembark ships and rush ashore before authorities can stop them.
Then they disappear into the country. There are, of course, no official figures on how many of these “secrets” are made here.
If they reach cities before confronting the police or immigration officials, they can disappear into the black economy and live undetected indefinitely.
Migrants encountered by British authorities at sea are given life jackets and foil blankets for warmth, then taken ashore – usually to the Home Office processing center in Tug Haven in the port of Dover.
Here, they get hot clothes and food – sometimes surprisingly expensive. This month, it emerged that the Home Office had ordered 3,000 chicken shish kebabs, at a cost of £19.50 each, from the Kent fast food chain – plus hundreds of Domino’s pizzas – to feed arrivals.
At Tug Haven, initial details are taken from new arrivals, who undergo welfare checks and are screened into families or individuals, most of whom are men. Then they travel by bus to hotels across Britain.
Cell phones – paid for by the taxpayer – are distributed so the Home Office can stay in touch with immigrants.
The UK’s immigration control group, which is campaigning for stricter border controls, says 14,000 phones were distributed between January and September this year.
Immigrants also receive £39.63 a week from the Home Office to pay for essentials.
Those looking after children and infants receive additional food payments, and expectant mothers can apply for a one-time application in the amount of £300.
One of a group of migrants brought ashore by officials after crossing the canal in the middle of the night. They were brought to Dover Docks by Border Force Vigilant at 5 p.m., followed by RNLI lifeboat half an hour later
Hotels have become the main form of accommodation for expats since the outbreak of the crisis last year. Taxpayers are billing millions of pounds for thousands of rooms in three and four star full boards.
Conditions are much more comfortable than those in continental Europe. Greece, for example, opened a huge EU-funded asylum processing center – which looks like a prison – on the island of Samos in the summer.
The massive cost of accommodation has contributed to a massive rise in the asylum bill – which jumped to nearly £1.4 billion in the year to March, a 42 per cent year-on-year increase.
Most immigrants stay in hotels for months as their applications are processed. Here, some – including Home Secretary Priti Patel – are accused of “manipulating the system”.
Before the migrants leave France, the traffickers show them the aspects that might make their case stronger, and even destroy their passports.
Some claimants lie. The case files show that asylum seekers have spoken falsely about their nationality, religion, background, gender and age – all in an attempt to bolster their claims.
Some of the adult asylum seekers clearly claimed that they were under 18 and had been educated in secondary schools alongside British teenagers.
Legal advice – from immigrant charities or legal aid-funded lawyers – helps claimants to best suit their case.
Miss Patel said last week that the suicide bomber who attacked a women’s hospital in Liverpool on Sunday’s memorial had exploited a “merry round” of asylum applications, triggering a series of legal challenges.
Terrorist Emad Al-Sawalimeen, 32, has been in the Ministry of Interior system for seven years and has a pending asylum application, which means he cannot be deported.
He even converted to Christianity in an apparent attempt to improve his condition – although investigators revealed that he had been seen praying at a mosque in the months leading up to his attack.
Ultimately, permanent housing can be found in the social housing or private rental sector, provided by local authorities.
Claims processing continues – but progress is tortuous.
Figures published yesterday show that at the end of September, more than 67,500 cases were awaiting a preliminary decision.
About 30 thousand cases are more than a year old, and most importantly, asylum seekers can apply for the right to work if the Ministry of the Interior does not make a decision within a year.
More than 125,000 claims – the equivalent of the population of Exeter or Solihull – are under consideration, including those who have lodged appeals and asylum seekers who have been rejected.
A group of immigrants were brought yesterday to Dover, Kent, by RNLI
If the case is dismissed, legal aid-funded attorneys will file appeals in immigration courts. This can include recurring claims that persist for years. Many will hinge on the European Convention on Human Rights, which is enshrined in law under Labor’s 1998 Human Rights Act.
In many appeals that are ultimately rejected, it is still not possible to deport a rejected asylum seeker – eg because their home country is deemed unsafe. The other legal challenges are staggering.
Last year, an armed Zimbabwean criminal won the last skirmish in his 14-year battle to avoid deportation, telling the Supreme Court that back home he would not be able to get his HIV drug – despite the fact that 86 per cent of Zimbabweans People with HIV receive such skirmishes. treatment or treatment.
He was allowed to file another appeal. Even clandestine arrivals who enter Britain undetected ultimately have legal options.
If they can stay under the radar for 20 years, they can apply for regulated status, and after a decade even win an “indefinite leave to remain”.
So is it any wonder that despite the enormous risks, tens of thousands make the perilous journey?